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Aquinas: The Biblical Approach of the Model Catholic Theologian

Aquinas

Today is the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas! In honor of that, I thought I’d cover some ground I’ve been over before, namely, Thomas’ role as a model of Catholic theology and his primary focus on Scripture. Perhaps most striking—at least to some—is Thomas’ insistence on the priority of the literal-historical sense of Scripture.

In short, for Thomas Theology is a Scriptural enterprise. Since he’s…  [Continue Reading]

Was Joseph Really Suspicious of Mary's Pregnancy?

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 12.07.10 |

Joseph

During this Advent/Christmas season we will turn again and again to introductory chapters of Matthew and Luke. Here I’d like to look at one passage in particular.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling…  [Continue Reading]

Ignatius of Antioch on the Eucharist

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 12.06.10 |

Ignatius

“I have no taste for corruptible food nor for the pleasures of this life. I desire the bread of God, which is the flesh of Jesus Christ, who was of the seed of David; and for drink I desire his blood, which is love incorruptible” (Letter to the Romans 7:3 [A.D. 110]).

“Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions…  [Continue Reading]

Emery on the Biblical Methodology of Aquinas

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 10.21.10 |

Aquinas

The French Dominican scholar, Giles Emery, hits on a point I’ve been making a lot lately in his great work The Trinity in Aquinas (2004), namely, that Thomas Aquinas’ theological method was highly—to a remarkable degree—biblical, focused in particular on the literal historical sense. This is especially evident in his Summa Contra Gentiles (not to be confused with the “other” Summa!). Check this out.…  [Continue Reading]

Dead Sea

Dead Sea Scrolls On-Line

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 10.20.10 |

From Reuters:

Scholars and anyone with an Internet connection will be able to take a new look into the Biblical past through an online archive of high-resolution images of the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls.

Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), the custodian of the scrolls that shed light on the life of Jews and early Christians at the time of Jesus, said on Tuesday it was collaborating with Google’s…  [Continue Reading]

The Prodigal Son, New Life & Sacramental Imagery

Prodigal Son

“You’re Dead to Me”

Jesus begins by telling the story of a man who had two sons. The parable begins with the younger brother going to the father and asking for his inheritance.

Of course, an inheritance is usually bestowed upon offspring after the death of the one bequeathing it. Essentially, then, by demanding his inheritance while his father is still alive the younger brother basically says, “Dad,…  [Continue Reading]

Peter & Keys

Is Peter the Rock? (Part 3: Some Reasons I Think He Is)

As I explained in the last post in this series, Gundry has made the case that Jesus’ use of petros / petra was intended to highlight the fact that Peter was not the foundation but that the church would be built upon Jesus’ own words.

While this reading may at first seem possible, a number of observations, in my opinion, render such an approach highly implausible. In sum, I would suggest that while…  [Continue Reading]

Matthias Scheeben on the Mysteries of Christianity (Part 3)

Isaiah 2

“The fascination of mystery is so strong that almost all religious and social organizations that exercise or have exercised an inspiring and lasting influence on mankind have wrapped themselves up in the obscurity of mystery, and have even gloried in the mysteries which they were aware of, although they disdained Christianity because of its mysteries. Their mysteries, products of human invention,…  [Continue Reading]


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